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"Queen of Fruits", the exotic Mangosteen fruit is famous for being both exquisitely luscious and delicious, and for its medicinal value. Mangosteen is also known as Mangostan, Mangostino, Mang Khut, Mangis, Mangostin and Mangoustan.

What’s best about this amazing fruit is its health benefits. Garcinia mangostana contains antioxidants and xanthones that fight disease, bacteria, inflammation and fungi.  Although it hasn’t been medically proven yet there are reports the xanthones protect your heart and lower blood pressure.  It is also anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-aging. Each type of xanthone is believed to have special effects on the body. What makes the mangosteen more remarkable is that there are only two hundred known xanthones in nature and since the mangosteen has over forty of them, this makes it the most xanthone rich product in the world.
The subsurface chemistry of the mangosteen exocarp comprises an array of polyphenolic acids including xanthones and tannins that assure astringency which discourages infestation by insects, fungi, plant viruses, bacteria and animal predation.

Average seasonal yield of a full grown tree is about 500 fruits.  At the prime age for a fruiting tree of about 20 to 45 years old one tree alone can yield 1,000 - 3,000 fruits per season, still producing fruits beyond 100 years of age.

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